Botnet Steals Over a Million Social Security Numbers


If you live in the US and are a citizen, you know exactly what Social Security is and you know by heart your number. Unfortunately, this system comes under attack on a personal basis and the effected person usually deals with credit card fraud or worse. Now, there has been a shocking discovery that a botnet managed to steal social security numbers and other important information of over a million Americans, including artists, political figures, and even directors of top US agencies.
This shocking news prompted multiple government agencies to open an investigation looking into this matter. According to recent discoveries, a website called was stealing info from LexisNexis servers and two other companies that specialize in background checks. With this, hackers were able to steal 3.1 million diverse records. The worst part is that the malware used had no problem evading even the top-of-the-line anti-virus security systems. There is no report on who these hackers are, but the FBI is expected to comment on this issue in the following weeks


North Korean….Hackers?!

Yes, unfortunately, the title is real. But that’s not the point of this news story. Besides North Korea actually having hackers, the shocking news is what the hackers did. The NK hackers managed to plant cyber warfare type software to steal crucial national security and defense information from South Korea. As with any major, national crippling, cyber attack, the awesome people at Kaspersky Lab were called in to save the day. It is the people at Kaspersky Lab, that after analyzing the information were shocked to say that the attack points to North Korea.
Kaspersky experts say that this is the first time a cyber attack is pointed directly at North Korea, which in itself is shocking. The information gathered was handed over to the Korean Information Security Agency and Computer Emergency Response team in Seoul. It is believed that the hackers were using landlines in North Korea from bordering cities and villages near the China and North Korea border to connect to the internet in their Cyber Campaing called “Kimsuky”. Yes, they really called it “Kimsuky”.
All that is believed to of been stolen are Hangul word processor (HWP) documents, which are used widely by South Korean officials, as well as information from “ThinkTanks” such as the Sejong Institute, the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses and supporters of Korean unification. That seems to have been the information stolen, although it is unclear what was stolen, according to South Korean officials.